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Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt: One of the Most Unique Irish Whiskeys

Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt: One of the Most Unique Irish Whiskeys Quadruple Cask Complexity

By Matt Goldstein

One of Ireland’s best and most famous whiskeys, Tullamore Dew was first distilled in 1829.  Now, this staple of Irish whiskey has released a signature single malt that could be the most unique Irish whiskey’s on the market.  Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt is the only Irish whiskey aged in four different casks, Old Bourbon, Dry Oloroso Sherry, Port and Madeira casks.  When most people think single malt, their assuming single malt scotch, however, single malt merely means the whiskey is made with malt only and whiskey from one distillery.  As opposed to most whiskies which are blends and a mix of grains and different whiskies from different distilleries, this Irish single malt is a contemporary distinction in the maturation of whiskey.

Bourbon casks are used in most Irish whiskeys and Scotches, however, the Whiskey Goldmine at Tullamore Dew Tasting Tir Na Nog 300x225 Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt: One of the Most Unique Irish Whiskeys Sherry, Port and Madeira Cask addition is where this whiskey separates itself.  Most will claim that these three casks are used to ad sweetness to the whiskey and many times that is the case, however, the Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt isn’t just an Irish whiskey with added sweetness, but an Irish whiskey with real character.

The Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Tasting Notes: 

A very unique flavor for any whiskey, there are notes of oak, wood, malt, fruit and vanilla.  Slightly smooth and more complex than the average Irish whiskey, this is solid and we recommend giving it a try.

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Best Christmas Beers 2011: Ridgeway Brewing’s Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout!

Ridgeway Brewing Lump of Coal Stout Best Christmas Beers 2011: Ridgeway Brewing’s Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout!By Matt Goldstein

Have you been bad this season?  If so, Santa might be punishing you with coal under the Christmas tree.  I know what you’re thinking, “What does this Jewish guy Goldstein know about Christmas?”  Fear not my friends, I got connections.  You best believe I got some Christmas gifts on the way.  On another note, a good kind of coal this holiday season is coal that comes in the form of a beer.  The Ridgeway Brewing Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is a classic wintery stout perfect for any holiday celebration.  Making over 19 Christmas Ales, Ridgeway Brewing out of England is one of the world’s leading holiday beer makers.  Black in color with a brown bubbly head, the Lump of Coal Stout is a malty stout with subtle crispness.  Thin in body for a stout, the malty and coffee notes make a pretty flavorful stout.  Not full of all those Christmas spices in most craft beers, the Lump of Coal is simply a solid stout.  Malty, smoky and bitter, we would definitely try this stout again.

Ridgeway Lump of Coal

Country of Origin:  England

Brewery:  Ridgeway

Beer Style:  Stout, Winter/Holiday Beer

Alcohol By Volume:  8.0%

Format:  500 ml bottles, 50L kegs

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Buffalo Trace Releases Rice Bourbon & Oat Bourbon

buffalo trace bourbon logo Buffalo Trace Releases Rice Bourbon & Oat BourbonLatest Two Experiments by Sazerac

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky –Those creative distillers have been up to it again at Buffalo Trace Distillery. The latest round of whiskies in the Experimental Collection are two bourbons – one made with rice and one made with oats. And like their breakfast-sounding names, both provide a hearty mouthful without being over powerful.                 

“For this experiment, we were curious to taste what would happen when we substituted the rye grain in our traditional recipe with other grains like rice and oats,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery. “The results are very different from each other, and different than typical bourbon, but both are pleasant surprises.”  This whiskey experiment yielded very few bottles, but some will be available in select U.S. stores in late December.Details are as follows:       

Rice Bourbon Whiskey – These barrels were filled on April 30, 2002, and aged on the 7th floor of Warehouse I for 9 years and 5 months.  Corn, malt and rice are the ingredients used in the recipe, resulting in a very clean aroma with the barrel notes of caramel and spice.  A crisp flavor on the tongue is noticed, without any heaviness or oiliness whatsoever. A slight dryness near the end provides a quick finish. It is a very delicate whiskey.  Oat Bourbon Whiskey – These barrels have the same fill date, aging location and aging time as the Rice Bourbon. Corn, malt and oats are the ingredients used in this recipe, resulting in a pleasantly smoky nose with a rich aroma of toasted oats that offers a nice complexity. On the palette, the smokiness intrigues as hints of dried fig and stone fruit come through, and eventually give way to an earthy finish. There are more than 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of these barrels has unique characteristics that differentiate it from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, type of wood and barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery, named The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. “OFC” Micro Distillery, complete with cookers, fermenting tanks and a state-of-the-art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys will retail for approximately $46.35 each. They are 45% alcohol by volume. Each experiment is very rare and very limited

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Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Rare Rye Whiskey Selection

woodford reserve masters collection rare rye whiskey Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Rare Rye Whiskey SelectionNew Cask Rye and Aged Cask Rye Both Available

With the recent resurgence of Bourbon, America’s signature whiskey, Rye whiskey has also experienced a major resurgence.  This year’s sixth release of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection begins arriving in stores this week.  It includes dual 375ml bottles – one that has been matured in a new charred cask and one matured in an aged cask.  Both are from a 100% rye recipe but the difference in the final product is the manner of maturation.

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Tasting Notes for Woodford Reserve New Cask Rye

Color: Golden brown.

Aroma: Cinnamon and delicate mint spice sweetened with a balance of oak aromatics, tobacco leaf, honey vanilla, caramel and ripe apple fruit.

Taste: A creamy balance of new cask sweetness with spiced apple and rich berry fruitiness.

Finish: Smooth with rich fruit and warming spice hints.

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Tasting Notes for Woodford Reserve Aged Cask Rye

Color: Light straw.

Aroma: Grassy rye grain with hints or citrus, vanilla and spice.

Taste: Distinct soft fresh rye and malt grain dusted with vanilla and sweet oak character.

Finish: Fresh and clean with caramelized green apple crispiness and a hint of rye.

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The Chivas Regal 12 Year Blended Scotch Whisky

chivas regal 12 year blended scotch whisky 216x300 The Chivas Regal 12 Year Blended Scotch WhiskyThe Prince of Whiskies is a Smooth Beautiful Blend

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

With more than two centuries’ of history, Chivas Regal 12 year old is an expression of a unique tradition that has continued unbroken since the Chivas Brothers first introduced the world to the rich, smooth Scotch whisky of Chivas Regal.  “For more than 500 years, Scotland has been perfecting the art of producing Scotch whisky.  Chivas Regal is made from pure, natural, Scottish ingredients.  For more than 500 years, Scotland has distilled their original whisky – malt Scotch whisky.  Malt Scotch whisky is made from only three natural ingredients – quality malted barley, natural spring water and yeast.  A blended Scotch whisky must contain both malt Scotch whisky and grain Scotch whisky.  The art of blending is to harmonize the characters and flavours of selected malt and grain Scotch whiskies to produce a blended Scotch whisky of the highest possible quality.  This requires the master blender to possess an expert ‘nose’ and many years’ experience of Scotch whisky. 

Chivas Regal 12 year is one of the Blended Scotch Whiskies where it’s clear that the master blender skillfully blended the whiskies together for an excellent scotch.  The scent is complex and the whisky has a beautiful amber color.  A thin Scotch whisky, the Chivas Regal 12 year blended scotch whisky has notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla with a smooth, sweet and great flavor.  We love this scotch and will drink it again and again.  Greatly recommended. 

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Philadelphia Brewing’s Broadcaster Brown Ale: A Tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Live at the World Cafe

philadelphia brewing company world cafe broadcaster brown ale Philadelphia Brewing’s Broadcaster Brown Ale: A Tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Live at the World CafeBy Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

Philadelphia’s iconic indie radio station WXPN, located at the far left of the dial at 88.5 FM, has been a musical haven for emerging and local musicians as well as heritage artists for decades.   A member-supported station based out of the University of Pennsylvania, WXPN has been a pioneer in the non-commercial radio station world, bringing an eclectic mix of the best music to the airways without pressure to conform to commercial radio conventions from corporate underwriters.

This freedom from corporate rule is showcased beautifully in WXPN’s nationally syndicated program Live at the World Café.  Started with seed money from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1991 and distributed by NPR since 2005, the two-hour daily show has featured over 4,000 performances and interviews over the last twenty years.  There aren’t many shows you can tune in to and find in-depth interviews and performances by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits, and Joe Strummer  — actually, there are no other places, we checked – and twenty years of this thoughtful programming is what the folks at the Philadelphia Brewing Company thought worthy of honoring this month with a special limited edition brew.

The Broadcaster Brown Ale, PBC’s tribute to the 20th anniversary of Live at the World Café, and its host David Dye, is a malty, hoppy, crisp brown ale with excellent balance.  Very flavorful with a bitter crispness, made with German malts, this is a solid brown ale.
Alcohol Content: 5.0 abv
IBU’s: 35
Color: Deep Ruby-Brown
Hops: Bravo, Centenial, Cascase
Dry Hops: Amarillo, Cascade
Malts: Two-row Pilsner, Dark Munich, CaraMunich, Carafa , Oats

 

Source: XPN

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The George Washington Straight Rye Whiskey

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By Matt Goldstein

Last year we did a story on “How Whiskey Made America” and discussed George Washington and his very successful whiskey distillery.  Washington’s distillery was one of the first and most profitable in the country as well, his plantation was one of the most profitable in the country.  Washington made whiskey and liquor out of the grains on his farm and the liquor was the most profitable piece of his business empire.  Washington couldn’t actually make enough whiskey to supply the demand.  Now, there is a limited edition rye whiskey made to the exact specifications to the recipe of George Washington, 60% rye, 35% corn, and 5% malt and barley.  The George Washington Straight Rye is being made on George Washington’s plantation and there is only 300 bottles available $185 a piece.  The 2 year old Rye Whiskey is sharp, delicious, sweet and drinkable.  Editors note: Washington did use slaves to make the whiskey, so the history isn’t as charming as one would think.  Washington was a “man of his times.”  You can listen to the NPR segment on the George Washington Rye Whiskey here.   

Source and Pictures: NPR    

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Ichiko Seirin Sochu: A Japanese Soju

ichiko sochu japanese soju 249x300 Ichiko Seirin Sochu: A Japanese SojuIchiko: Japan’s Best Selling Sochu Spirit

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

Soju is one of the best selling spirits in the world and the Korean Soju Jinro is actually the top selling spirit in the world.  Ichiko Seirin Sochu is Japan’s take on the furiously popular Korean spirit.  Much like vodka in scent and taste, Soju and Sochu actually have about 50% of the alcohol content of vodka, meaning it has much more drinkability.  Distilled from carefully selected barley and pure spring water, Ichiko Seirin Sochu is filtered through bamboo charcoal and made from the most choice barley and malt.  When compared to Jinro Soju, this is not even a contest.  The Ichiko Seirin Sochu is in a class of its own having much more bite, complexity, flavor and depth.  We highly recommend the Ichiko Seirin Sochu.

Ichiko Seirin Sochu Tasting Notes:

With a lemon cookie scent, good bite and sweet flavor, Ichiko Seiring is lightly grainy and complex.  We love it!

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2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships: The Top 10 Oatmeal Stouts

sam smith oatmeal stout 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships: The Top 10 Oatmeal StoutsFrom BeerInfo.com, forward by Jeremy Thomspon

The Porter style was originally created in the UK by blending three ales (Old Ale, Mild, Bitter).  The resulting brew is dark in color with rich, nutty flavors that highlight the roasted malts.  The Stout (originally Stout Porter) takes this even further offering darker, richer notes.  Some brewers have chosen to add chocolate or coffee to these brews resulting in delicious, full-bodied brews.

1. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout – Samuel Smith Old Brewery – England
2. Shipwrecked Stout, Maui Brewing – Hawaii
3. Alaskan Stout – Alaskan Brewing  – Alaska
4. Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Brewing – California
5. Clustard’s Last Stout – Montana Brewing – Montana
6. Starry Night Stout – Grand Canyon Brewing, Arizona
7. The Poet – New Holland Brewing – Michigan
8. Schlafly Oatmeal Stout – Saint Louis Brewery – Missouri
9. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout – Breckenridge Brewery – Colorado
10.  Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout – Rogue Ales, Oregon

Porter/Stout

The Porter style was originally created in the UK by blending three ales (Old Ale, Mild, Bitter).  The resulting brew is dark in color with rich, nutty flavors that highlight the roasted malts.  The Stout (originally Stout Porter) takes this even further offering darker, richer notes.  Some brewers have chosen to add chocolate or coffee to these brews resulting in delicious, full-bodied brews.

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The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First Anniversary

Logo WG 1500 white 300x293 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryThe Whiskey Goldmine: Like Catching Lighting in a Haystack

By Matt Goldstein

From whiskey to vodka, cuisine and history, Boardwalk Empire, top 10 lists and pop culture, the Whiskey Goldmine has covered a lot of subjects over the past year.  Craft beer, wine and bubbly, serial killers, dictators, cigars, movies and music, we have created a web site with no boundaries, no rules.  The only thing that we really try to do is bring our readers new information that they won’t find anywhere else.  We want to bring our readers original content, make them think, laugh and enjoy a drink with friends.  After all, what’s better than enjoying a drink with friends?

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The Whiskey Goldmine Logo

As you can see, our logo is a glass of whiskey with ice in it.  Awesome right?  Well, does the Pope shit in the woods?

The funny thing is that we never put our whiskey on ice.  Never!  Always drink whiskey neat.  First, the ice waters down the whiskey which ruins the flavor.  A middle shelf single malt is aged for 12 years in order to get a specific flavor, why change or ruin that perfectly painstakingly unique flavor?  A drop or two of water to open up the single malt is all that’s needed.  Second, cold temperature also masks the true flavor of a whiskey, be it bourbon, rye, Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, whatever.  Just get rid of the ice and man up.

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bushmills 21 yo single malt 111111 300x300 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversarySmooth is Not Always Better

After trying every whiskey, vodka, tequila, cognac and spirit we could get our hands on, it’s blatantly obvious that smooth is not always better.  In fact, the smoother the whiskey or vodka, the less good it is.  Many flavors of the spirit are in the finish and the bite, especially with vodka.  Since vodka is so thin, most of the flavor is in the finish.  The smoother the vodka, the less character there is.

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Our Top 10 Lists are Scientific Fact!

Listen, don’t try to argue with our top 10 lists.  They’re amazing, correct and scientific.  Shut your mouth.

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Founders Imperial Stout 300x218 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryThe Original Mission of Whiskey Goldmine

The idea behind the website was to promote American spirits, wines and craft beers.  When the economy tanked, I started to feel guilty that I had never bought an American car so I thought, what better way to promote America than our craft beer, wines, whiskeys and vodka’s.  The more and more we began to actually create the web site the more I thought that American products would be too narrow of a subject matter.  So I did what any logical person would do, I just bought a Cadillac.  Problem solved.  Now we can discuss German Beers, Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, Russian Vodkas and Sake.

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egg pizza 207x300 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryNot an Expert…

When I was recently speaking to a friend/family member in some random setting that involved a lot of alcohol, I stated that “I had no idea what I was doing.”  This random unnamed person told me to always act like I know what I’m doing, no matter what.  This was bad advice.  Sometimes the beauty in the truth is the evident flaws in our selves.  Although I am a badass at making drinks, I don’t always know what I’m doing.  I’m not actually an expert in whiskey.  Even though I started a web site called Whiskey Goldmine, it’s not even actually about whiskey.  I’m not an expert in any of these subjects, but I’m going to bring the experts to you.  From chefs to sommeliers, brewers, historians, master distillers and grill masters, the Whiskey Goldmine does its best to bring you information that will create connoisseurs one click at a time.

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Craft Beer Makes You Fat!

Sorry beer geeks, but the truth is the truth, craft beer makes you fat.  I love all crafts from IPA’s to barleywines, dopplebock’s, porters and stoudts, but since starting this web site I blew up like a fattie from tasting all of the craft beer I could get my hands on.  Recently, I’ve found myself sucking down Miller Lite’s, Amstell Lights and Yuengling Lights.  Sacrilege I know, but it’s not your beer gut you need to worry about.  Plus, I’m not giving up potato chips.

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carlos the jackal movie ilich ramirez sanchez terrorist 212x300 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryOur Most Popular Articles

One would be surprised at our most popular articles because their certainly not about whiskey.  Well, one Jack Daniels article is very popular but that’s more because of the pictures than anything.  Our most popular articles are about Boardwalk Empire and prohibition history, gangster timelines, crazy drinking stories about Henry the 8th, Napoleon, Stalin, serial killers and Huey P. Newton.  Why you ask?  Well, more people Google historical figures than vodkas.  Trust us!  There is no doubt about it.  We’re going to bring our viewers more historical articles but it takes time to create.  Tasting notes on beer and whiskey is easy work.  “This tastes is good, this is bad,” blah blah blah.  Nothing original or impessive there eh?  Actually, both the drinking studies and the historical studies took me all my life to get here and I still have no idea what I’m doing.

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Part 2 of Random Thoughts coming soon, for now I’d like to think my team.

Special thanks to all of those who helped start and contribute to Whiskey Goldmine.  Webmasters Doug Walters and Carolynn Chapman, Senior Editor Tim Rodgers, Senior Foodie Pat Smith, Sommelier Tom Pittakas, Craft Beer specialist Jeremy Thomson, Chef Joe Bombartito, Grill Master Larry Kay, Cigar Afficianado Haroon Mhitar, Kevin Hussey, Eric Duncan, Paul Reiter and my dad, Howard Goldstein.  And a special thanks to all of the distilleries who sent me bottles of liquor.  Keep it coming…  We’re just getting started so here’s to another year.

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